Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine in women's high jump
Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine in women's high jump

Rising teenage star Yaroslava Mahuchikh set a new Ukraine national record and personal best of 2.06 meters to win the women’s high jump at the Banska Bystrica Latka high jump meeting on Tuesday (2). This was the highest indoor jump in the world in almost 10 years.

The 19-year-old steadily built a rhythm with first-time clearances from 1.85m to 2.01m before extending that sequence when improving her lifetime best with a mark of 2.03m.

With the victory already in the bag, Mahuchikh asked the officials to adjust the crossbar to 2.06m and then took a moment to prepare herself to attempt one of the highest-ever indoor jumps in history.

Watch Yaroslava Mahuchikh Clears 2.06m

The 2019 World Championships silver medallist from Doha, execute on both speed and power in her approach to the bar before soaring over 2.06m – improving her personal best and the best mark indoors in 2021.

Mahuchikh also improved the long-standing Ukrainian record of 2.05m, set by former world champion Inha Babakova in 1995.

The World Youth champion in 2017 and reigning European U20 gold medalist also matched the third best jump on the world indoor all-time list.

She joined the likes of Stefka Kostadinova, Anna Chicherova and Blanka Vlasic when overtaking some big names, including Tia Hellebaut and Ariane Friedrich.

Sweden’s Kajsa Bergqvist, who sit atop the world indoor list with a world record mark of 2.08m and Germany’s Heike Henkel at 2.07m, are the only two athletes to have jumped higher than Mahuchikh indoors.

In keeping up with her own tradition of stop competing after setting a personal best, Mahuchikh decided to call it a day.

Yuliya Levchenko made it a 1-2 finish for Ukraine on Tuesday after she improved her personal with a clearance of 1.96m, while 2018 world U20 champion Karyna Demidik of Belarus collected third with a mark of 1.93m.

On the men’s side, 2016 world indoor champion Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy collected the win with a jump of 2.31m.

Luis Zayas of Cuba who won this event last year also cleared 2.31m for second place but needed three attempts to get over the height.

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